Archives: May 2013

the last: day 5 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th century (Venice)

Michele Marieschi, Venice: The Piazza San Marco from the Torre dell’Orologio, courtesy of Sotheby’s As the summer vacations are on us, I thought it interesting to look back at what travelling to Europe – and in particular Paris, Rome, Naples and Venice … Continue reading

day 4 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th century (Naples)

Continuing along on our Grand Tour, this week we’ve visited Paris and Rome and now we move further south in Italy.  Pompeii, the Roman city lost to Vesuvius in 79AD, was rediscovered by a Spanish engineer in 1748.  Located just … Continue reading

day 3 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th century (Rome – Decorative Art)

image credit: Badminton Cabinet: copyright © 2013 Fürstliche Sammlungen Art Service GmbH & Co. OG / The Princely Collections of Lichtenstein Yesterday our Grand Tour brought us to Rome after a stop in Paris, and as everyone knows, one day … Continue reading

day 2 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th Century (Rome – Fine Art)

Continuing with our Grand Tour, after yesterday’s visit to Paris, the traveller would head south.  Many tourists would buy a coach and horses to accommodate their friends and tutor to travel across the continent in style.  The trip usually went … Continue reading

day 1 of 5: travelling to Europe in the 18th century (Paris)

On the eve of the mass exodus to Europe for summer vacation, I thought it apropos to look back at what European travel was like in the golden age of grand tourists in the 18th century.  As such, this week’s … Continue reading

another project ends

the modern sybarite is off this week, working to complete a project for a couple, their two toddlers and two dogs.  I’ll be back next week, on the eve of our very own summer holidays, with a week-long series I’ve … Continue reading

two tables, one master parisian designer

Designer Nicolas Aubagnac and his partner Delphine Read have focused on private interior design commissions for 16 years and what wows me is some of the furniture and lighting designs they’ve crafted for their clients – both for private and … Continue reading